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'Chavistas' pray, cry at worsening cancer condition

Tuesday, March 05, 2013 - 01:02

March 5 - Hugo Chavez's supporters gathered to say prayers following reports the Venezuelan President's health had taken a downturn. Deborah Gembara reports.

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News of President Hugo Chavez's setback had his supporters gathered in worship. SOUNDBITE: Chavez Supporter, Sulay Montoya saying (Spanish) "I came to pray for the president so that he gets well and gets out of the hospital soon." Overnight, Venezuelans learned Chavez's was suffering from a new respiratory infection. Some supporters, called Chavistas clutched photos of the 58-year-old leader who has not been in public since December. These images, from February are the most recent of the Venezuelan leader. Chavez has been at this military hospital since returning from Cuba two weeks ago --- outside his supporters camped out next to his opponents, many of whom say the government hasn't been honest about the president's health and are demanding more information. SOUNDBITE: Student, Pedro Rojas saying: "We will be here as long as it takes until there is an official announcement about whether the president is capable or not to govern." Should the Venezuelan leader step down or die, an election would be held within 30 days.

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'Chavistas' pray, cry at worsening cancer condition

Tuesday, March 05, 2013 - 01:02